Many people think popping a multi-vitamin supplement to get their nutrients is just as good as what comes from real foods. They don’t realize that it is far better to get vitamins and minerals from natural foods and juices. Our bodies utilize the vitamins and minerals from real foods more efficiently. And most people find it much easier to select a variety of whole foods they enjoy eating instead of trying to make heads or tails of the entire selection of vitamin and mineral supplements that are available. And any of us who’ve swallowed a multi-vitamin or a mineral supplement can say without a doubt that the taste leaves a lot to be desired.

Supplements are convenient way to get the natural health benefits of the underlying main ingredient. For example, tart cherry capsules and tart cherry juice helps maintain health joint function but won’t deliver the same nutritional impact of eating the whole cherry. However, you may find you need to eat over 20 cherries or more per day to get the natural health benefits of the cherry. Also, if the fresh fruit isn’t available during the winter months you may not be able to enjoy the health benefit of the underlying fruit.

We are also processing nutrients throughout the course of the day when we obtain them from food, instead of just getting them from the ‘one a day’ approach. So it is wise to combine whole consumption in addition to taking supplements daily.

Also, by eating whole food, the body uses the fiber that binds food, fruits and vegetables. Often the “skin” of a vegetable, like the potato, is the most nutritious part.

If you’re looking to lose weight, eating fresh food is vital to a weight loss plan. Also, eating fresh fruits and vegetables help hair, skin and teeth stay attractive and healthy. And when you think about it, fruits and vegetables are the original ‘to go’ food. It’s simple to grab for an orange, apple, banana, grapes, or quickly toss a few vegetables together for a salad to take to work.

So when you’re looking for well-balanced, healthy, reliable nutrition reach for whole food, while supplementing your body with nutritional supplements for condition specific solutions.

Author's Bio: 

Mr. LaPointe is Director of Health and Fruit Education at Traverse Bay Farms. He is the author of several books including The Superfruit Handbook, Blueberry Health Report and How to Get a More Restful Night's Sleep Naturally. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows across the nation discussing the natural health benefits of superfoods and superfruits. You can contact Mr. LaPointe from